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St. John the Evangelist School Alumni Network

St. John the Evangelist School is excited to announce a first annual reunion on Saturday, May 20, at the school’s Parish Center. All alumni are welcome! The new SJS Alumni Network is reaching out to find and celebrate our beloved alumni. Reconnect with us by emailing development@sjscanton.org and providing us with your updated contact info. We’re looking for class ambassadors! Be the voice for your class, help us find your classmates, nominate classmates for recognition, and keep friends and family updated with alumni news! Contact us at development@sjscanton.org if you would like to volunteer. We look forward to seeing everyone on May 20 — spread the word!

St. Gerard’s Lenten Bible Study

St. Gerard Majella parish will host a Lenten Bible Study led by author and professor Celia Sirois of St. John’s Seminary’s Theological Institute. Sirois will focus on the Psalms in the Old Testament. The course will run for five consecutive Tuesdays (March 7 to April 4) from 10 a.m. to 12 noon in St. Gerard’s hall. All are welcome! Light refreshments will be provided. For more info on CHRISM, go to www.chrismbiblestudy.org.

St. Gerard’s Lenten Program

During the four weeks of the Lenten season, St. Gerard Majella will host Fr. William Barry, SJ, in a prayerful discussion concerning the two great commandments: “You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, with your whole soul, and with your whole mind” and “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Fr. Barry will discuss how one comes to this great level of love for God and for neighbor through the power of prayer. Discussions will be held during the first four Thursdays in March from 7-8 p.m.

Canton Library Art Exhibit

The work of award-winning artist and teacher Susan Kelley will be on display in the gallery at the Canton Public Library for the months of February and March. Primarily a plein air painter who enjoys working from life, Kelley works in oil, pastel, and charcoal. Seascapes, areas of New England, and people/animals provide her with endless excitement and material. She has participated in many one-person, juried, and group shows and is a member of several local art associations. She also leads an uninstructed portrait workshop on Tuesday nights at the Canton library — contact sk0566@aol.com for details. The public is invited to view Kelley’s work at the gallery during regular library hours.

MABA presents Birdscapes

The Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon, located at 963 Washington Street in Canton, presents its newest exhibit: Birdscapes: Recent Oil Paintings by James Coe. The exhibit features nearly three dozen oil paintings that represent Coe’s love of nature and a dozen small oil-on-paper studies that have never been exhibited before. The gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Admission to the gallery and trails is $4 for adults, $3 for children and seniors, and free to Mass Audubon members. For more info, call 781-821-8853 or visit massaudubon.org/maba.

Learn-to-Skate Classes

Enrollment for Bay State Skating School’s fall learn-to-skate classes for children ages 4.5 to 18 is now taking place. Lessons are held at 11 greater Boston rinks, including the Jim Roche Arena in West Roxbury on Fridays and Sundays at 4 p.m. and the Shea Memorial Rink in Quincy on Sundays at 11 a.m. Professional instructors teach recreational, figure and hockey skating skills to beginner, intermediate, and advanced skaters. For more information and to register, visit www.baystateskatingschool.org or call 781-890-8480. Celebrating 48 years!

Adult Trauma Support Group

Laura O’Neal, a licensed mental health counselor and expressive therapist, will lead an adult trauma support group at her office in Canton (off Route 138). If you ever feel overwhelmed with anger, loneliness, or confusion and are seeking to connect to others who understand you, then this is the group for you. The group meets bi-monthly on Saturdays. For more info, contact Laura at 617-682-6666 or visit bostonarttherapy.wordpress.com.

MOMS Club

The Canton Chapter of Moms Offering Moms Support welcomes new members. For membership information please email the club at momsclub_canton@hotmail.com.

Moose Hill Exhibit: Sky…Looking Up

Mass Audubon’s Moose Hill Wildlife Gallery, located at 293 Moose Hill Street in Sharon, is pleased to announce its newest exhibit, “Sky…Looking Up.” The sky is an incredible pallet of ever-changing images, colors and textures that set the stage for unbelievable performances. This exhibit showcases the artwork of 20 juried artists’ observations and perceptions about these spectacles in the sky. The Moose Hill gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please visit massaudubon.org/moosehill or call 781-784-5691 for details.

February 28

Blue Hills Winter Fest

Join the Friends of the Blue Hills and the Blue Hills Ski Area for an evening of winter fun at the annual Blue Hills Winter Fest. Come for a night hike or get on the slopes for some downhill skiing. There will also be plenty of indoor fun, including Irish music, a chili cook-off, and winter crafts. The event runs from 5-8 p.m. at the Blue Hills Ski Area, 4001 Washington Street in Canton. For details, go to friendsofthebluehills.org/winterfest.

NepRWA Water Quality Presentation

Join the Neponset River Watershed Association for an interesting presentation recapping water quality results from this year’s Citizen Water Monitoring Network program! Robert Stevenson, biology professor at UMass Boston, will give a talk on the importance of citizen science and its role in protecting the environment, among other topics. The program starts at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at the Canton Public Library. Seating is limited — please RSVP at cwmn2017.app.rsvpify.com. For more info, contact Meghan at meghan@neponset.org.

March 1

The Heroin Epidemic: Why Now?

Dr. Steven Kassels will be visiting the Canton Public Library to discuss his book Addiction on Trial as well as stigmas related to opioid addiction. Dr. Kassels has been board certified in both addiction medicine and emergency medicine; his book is based on medical and legal truths from his many years of treating patients as well as his involvement in medical-legal proceedings in criminal trials. The program starts at 7 p.m. and is sponsored by the Canton Alliance Against Substance Abuse.

March 3

Rabbi Ullman presents ‘Riddles in Torah’

Temple Beth David of the South Shore, located at 1060 Randolph Street in Canton, will welcome Rabbi Alan Ullman as guest speaker during Shabbat services starting at 7:30 p.m. Rabbi Ullman is a master teacher, always inspiring and always illuminating. His teaching for the evening will be “Riddles in Torah,” a study of Exodus 25:10-22 from Parshat Terumah. The TBD Choir will be participating in services this evening.

March 7

Community Club Monthly Meeting

The Community Club of Canton will hold its next monthly meeting at 12 noon at Pequitside Farm, 79 Pleasant Street. The club will be welcoming Canton Fire Chief Charles Doody. The club is always welcoming new members. Please come join us and see what we are about. For more info, go to facebook.com/cantoncommunityclub.

March 8

Canton AAUW Meeting

The Canton branch of the American Association of University Women will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the Canton Public Library. Brandie Morris and Thomas Erb from the Electric Time Company in Medfield will speak about their company, which specializes in “Designing Time.” With over 80 years of manufacturing custom clocks for any location and in any size, the Electric Time Company has been a master in the art of designing handcrafted tower and building clocks, post clocks, street clocks and wall clocks for both indoor and outdoor use. All are welcome!

March 10

Irish Night Fundraiser for MusicCounts!

All the way from Ireland, the band “Dreams of Freedom” will perform in the CHS auditorium at 7 p.m. as part of Irish Night, a fun-filled, music-packed fundraiser for MusicCounts! There will also be performances by the Haley School of Irish Dance and Canton school music groups. You can browse the vendors’ goods and relax at the Irish Tea House. All proceeds will benefit MusicCounts! — the nonprofit parent volunteer group that funds many music programs and activities in all of Canton’s public schools. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors/students. Bring the whole family and enjoy the evening! And if you’d like to volunteer, please contact MusicCounts! by email at cantonmusiccounts@gmail.com.

March 11

Canton Lions Luncheon

The Canton Lions Club will host a luncheon at 12 noon at the Canton Senior Center at 500 Pleasant Street. A $5 donation is due at the luncheon.

Owls Live! Festival

Drop in anytime from 1-4 p.m. for a fun family day at the Museum of American Bird Art, located at 963 Washington Street in Canton. There will be live owls on hand, owl crafts, owl cookie decorating, an owl quest adventure, nature walks and more! There will also be raffle baskets and refreshments. Admission is $5 per person and includes the art gallery and access to the wildlife sanctuary and bird garden. All proceeds will benefit MABA’s summer camp. Registration is not required, and all ages are welcome! Please park in front of CHS, across from the sanctuary. For more info, go to massaudubon.org/maba or call 781-821-8853.

March 13

Annual Candidates Forum

The Canton High School chapter of the Junior State of America and the Blue Hills Civic Association will hold their annual candidates forum from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Community Room of the Canton Public Library. Meet and question the candidates for local office in an open discussion. Candidates for the following offices have been invited: Board of Assessors, Board of Health, Library Trustees, Planning Board, School Committee, and Board of Selectmen. Also, state Rep. Bill Galvin and state Senator Walter Timilty have been invited. Refreshments will be served. Please bring some non-perishable food items for the Canton Food Pantry. Suggested items are cereal, peanut butter and jelly.

Canton Garden Club Meeting

The Canton Garden Club will hold its next general meeting at 9:30 a.m. at the American Legion Hall, 950 Washington Street (behind CHS). Hostesses for the coffee are Kerri and Julie Keleher and Marty Kramer. Guest speaker Paul Steen will present “Orchids Made Simple.” The basics of orchid care will be simplified so that beginners can easily learn this fascinating specialty. For more information about the Garden Club, please contact Harriet Burak at harrietbur@aol.com. Save the date for the following meeting on April 10.

March 15

Canton Lions Club Dinner Meeting

The Canton Lions Club will hold a dinner meeting at the Chinatown Restaurant at Cobb’s Corner, 103 Sharon Street in Stoughton. Social half hour starts at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. A guest speaker on a topic of interest will be in attendance. Cost is $20 per person. Call Charlie at 617-281-1365 to make reservations. The Canton Lions Club was established in 1957 and its goal, along with worldwide affiliate clubs, is to prevent blindness. The Lions are looking for new members — joining the club is a terrific way to network with others and make new and lasting friendships. Attend a meeting and get a flavor of the members at the club.

March 18 & 19

Blue Hills Maple Sugar Days

It’s sugarin’ time in the Blue Hills! Join us from 12-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday as we make maple syrup in the traditional way at beautiful DCR Brookwood Farm in Canton. Smell the wood smoke as you watch clouds of steam rise from the bubbling sap and savor the taste of real maple syrup. Take part in activities for all ages. Food and maple syrup will be available for purchase. Entrance fee is $10 per adult and $5 per child; includes free same-day admission to Trailside Museum and registration is not required. Take Exit 3 off Route 93 and follow signs to Maple Sugar Days parking. For more info, call 617-333-0690 or email bluehills@massaudubon.org.

March 21

Twin River Casino Special

Join the Canton Council on Aging for a day full of casino gaming and big-money simulcast racing action at Twin River in Lincoln, Rhode Island. The trip includes $10 casino slot play, a $7 food credit, and round-trip transportation on a luxury Silver Fox motor coach — all for just $26 per person! In addition to thousands of slot machines, Twin River has a variety of restaurants, new table gaming, frequent players reward program and more. The bus will depart from the Senior Center at 8:30 a.m. and arrive home at 5 p.m. Call the COA at 781-828-1323 for more info or to reserve your spot.

March 31

Annual CAPE Spelling Bee

The Canton Alliance for Public Education will hold its annual Town-Wide Spelling Bee at 6 p.m. in the Canton High School auditorium. Tickets are $5 per person. There will be raffle items and a silent auction, along with some fun, friendly competition. All proceeds benefit the Canton Public Schools. To donate an item, enter an adult team, sponsor a letter, or place an ad in the program, contact Ellen Golden at egolden3@gmail.com.

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